Posts Tagged ‘Business’

  • Novel First Round Funding Idea as Alternative to Convertible Debt
    Posted by on December 20th, 2014 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    Most startups these days use convertible debt for first round funding.  Typically, they do a deal that looks like this: $3-$5M cap on the note […]

  • Discrimination Costs Money
    Posted by on December 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am, Comments: 0

    Over the past year, I have seen more articles on discrimination than I have seen ever before.  Obviously, Ferguson and NYC.  But, I have seen […]

  • Who Is The Keeper of Your Brand?
    Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 8:53 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I saw this blog post from Spark Capital. It talks about one of their companies 1st Dibs, but delves into something deeper toward the […]

  • Doubling Down Feels Like More Risk, But It Isn’t
    Posted by on July 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am, Comments: 0

    Have you ever been to Vegas?  When you play blackjack do you double down, or do you save your money for the next hand?  At […]

  • How To Kill Your Company
    Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am, Comments: 0

    2/Founders, sell too much of your own personal stock too quickly, alienating your employees and questioning your long-term commitment. — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 8, […]

  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick […]

  • Where Does The VC Money Go?
    Posted by on June 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you want to know where the money goes, look at data. The geography of US VC investment is not spread out. It goes to […]

  • YCharts Makes You Smarter
    Posted by on June 28th, 2014 at 11:22 am, Comments: 0

    YCharts started out in the depths of the financial crisis.  They are based in Chicago, and have offices in New York City as well.  Shawn […]

  • Levering Up The Buggy Whip Factories
    Posted by on June 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday at the WellTech Conference during TechWeekChicago, we talked a little bit about money.  I alluded to it in my post yesterday. It was a […]

  • Chicago Tech is Up and Coming
    Posted by on June 21st, 2014 at 9:31 am, Comments: 0

    I am not much for awards when it comes to tech. In Chicago, we have a lot of people pulling on the rope.  The ecosystem […]

  • Entrepreneur Barbie
    Posted by on June 19th, 2014 at 9:45 am, Comments: 0

    Today, Entrepreneur Barbie is going to be on the shelves.  I am all for women becoming entrepreneurs.  The focus of this Barbie is to encourage […]

  • Defending the For Profit Exchange
    Posted by on June 18th, 2014 at 10:49 am, Comments: 0

    Amidst all the consternation about high frequency trading, a small segment of the population thinks the real root cause of the problem is for profit […]

  • Should Startups Pay Attention to MacroEconomics?
    Posted by on June 13th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    MacroEconomics can be boring.  The measurements for them are also pretty messy.  There are lots of worries with running a startup company.  Two of the […]

  • A Note On Social Entrepreneurship
    Posted by on June 12th, 2014 at 7:32 am, Comments: 0

    There is a growing trend to combine entrepreneurship with “social”. By social, entrepreneurs are solving problems that exist in society through the use of a […]

  • Should You Quit Your Corporate Job?
    Posted by on June 11th, 2014 at 7:54 am, Comments: 0

    If you read a lot of startup stuff, you will see a lot of articles encouraging corporate employees to “just quit your job”.  I don’t […]

  • Bank Traders Having Trouble Running Hedge Funds
    Posted by on June 10th, 2014 at 8:19 am, Comments: 0

    In the great financial upheaval that has happened since 2008, many big banks are jettisoning their trading operations.  That leaves bank traders out of a […]

  • Tee Up Time
    Posted by on June 8th, 2014 at 9:11 am, Comments: 0

    Going to tee it up at Cantigny today for the first time all year.  Prior to 2003, I used to play a lot of golf. […]

  • If You Are In New York City, Love Your Clients; Kapow Them
    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 at 9:53 pm, Comments: 0

    Love your clients?  Show them.  Most of the time, when businesses plan client outings it’s an unmemorable and sometimes uncomfortable trip to the same old […]